Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:56am
Pension costs account for a quarter of the Illinois’ operating revenues, are rising by at least $1 billion a year and are squeezing dollars that could be used for education, human services and other vital programs. Over the past decade, the state has been taking more and more Title 1 funds to pay teacher pensions instead of aiding low-income students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:50am
The best educational systems in the world set high standards for students and then let teachers decide how to get there. Teachers are given time to collaborate and design curriculum to fit their students. Standardized tests are given sparingly and used for the purpose they were intended, to help the student.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:36pm
Preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise while attending preschool, according to a new study. Instead of participating in physical activities for the recommended 120 minutes per day, children were receiving just 48 minutes a day to run and play during preschool hours.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:58pm
Changing the state education funding formula to reflect more up-to-date special education enrollment numbers and costs would help relieve pressures on school budgets and provide school districts more flexibility in meeting student needs.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:41pm
This year, the legislative majority has continuously chosen to focus on strict adherence to a budget concept that leaves Alaska's schools underfunded and lacking any security going forward. Two-thirds of recently polled Alaskans want the Legislature to stop playing the legislative games each year with education funding.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:54pm
District leaders are holding public meetings to discuss allocating funds using student-based budgeting (SBB). One advantage is that students with the same type of needs would get the same amount of funding, no matter which school they attend. SBB budgeting can give building principals more flexibility to tailor resources to fit their schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:43am
The Michigan Legislature is on its way to repealing the state's prevailing wage law. The measure artificially drives up the costs of public construction projects for schools and other government buildings. That's bad for taxpayers, school districts and job seekers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:40am
After Gov. Chris Christie imposed a cap on superintendent salaries in 2010, the savings — only about $10 million a year — were really a drop in the bucket. This coming school year, many more superintendents will see their contracts expire. The state Senate voted to lift the cap, before it drives more superintendents to other states. Let's hope the Assembly does the same.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:15am
Since the 1990s, suicide rates among elementary-age black children have nearly doubled, while suicide rates among white children have fallen, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:59am
Legal battles over when and where to draw the church-state line on school endorsement of religion can be a nightmare for administrators, a headache for judges and a payday for lawyers. Government neutrality toward religion is an essential condition of religious freedom — especially in public schools where impressionable young people are a captive audience.